THE LAST FEW WEEKS OF PREGNANCY:

Are you pregnant and at the end of your second trimester?
Here are some tips to help you prepare for labour and birth.

First of all: prenatal classes

They aren’t compulsory, but they are helpful. They’re an opportunity to meet and speak to a midwife.

To make an appointment for prenatal classes at the Bon Pasteur Clinic, please contact Nathalie or Rosie from the maternity ward on 401 9500.

During the classes, you’ll be taught:

  • Breathing techniques and how to manage pain during labour
  • The signs of labour and when to make your way to the maternity ward
  • The different stages of labour

Visiting the maternity ward also allows you to familiarise yourself with the setting and get to know the medical staff.

During the last few weeks of pregnancy

You can usually go about your usual activities while you are pregnant. However, you should speak to your doctor if you’ve experienced any complications or your pregnancy is considered high-risk. Most women can walk, swim, and exercise gently to keep fit, but it’s important to rest when you need to and not to overexert yourself.

Try to stay positive before and after your baby’s arrival. Mentally prepare yourself for any eventuality by telling yourself that you’ve been growing a little seed for nine months, and now it’s a fruit that’s ready to be picked and that you’ll welcome into your life.

Getting ready for the big day

ITEMS TO PACK FOR MUM:

Don’t wait until the last minute to pack your suitcase for the maternity ward.
Here is a list of the essentials you’ll need for the birth:

ITEMS TO PACK FOR BABY

The big day

As soon as you notice the early signs of labour, you should contact one of our midwives on the maternity ward.

Your relatives are likely to be excited and eager to meet your baby, but we recommend that they visit you at home instead.

However, if you do have visitors while in clinic, please ask them to respect the maternity ward’s visiting hours and the maximum number of visitors allowed per room. These rules are intended to ensure mum gets some rest after the effort of giving birth.

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